SMART TOWNS: Putting Humanity Back into History: Reflecting on the Biases that Shaped History

April 30, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Rochester Hills Public Library

Adult, Educational

SMART TOWNS: Putting Humanity Back into History: Reflecting on the Biases that Shaped History
We all have biases; look for biases in decisions and treatment of people. This is noted throughout history. Presented by Dr. Sharia Hays of Rochester University, this session will reflect on the biases that have shaped history. Through discussion and an interactive exercise, participants will gain an understanding about unconscious and implicit biases. Participants will leave with a new awareness, along with steps and strategies for confronting and overcoming unconscious and implicit biases. As we examine the past, we will be challenged to change the present and future in our decision making and treatment of others. RHPL records Smart Towns programs (if presenters agree). Recordings are posted on the RHPL website (under UseTheLibrary/VideoLectures) two-four weeks after the presentation.  For more Smart Towns programs around the community, visit smarttowns.rhpl.org. Smart Towns is a lifelong learning series presented by area partners, including the Rochester Hills Public Library, Oakland University, Rochester University, the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Meadow Brook Hall, and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Smart Towns partners collaborate to offer a unique series of programs exploring one topic per year. Lectures and presentations feature experts in their respective fields of study. The theme for 2020 is “Events that Changed the World.” Various aspects of health care, including holistic health care, have had a profound and life-changing effect on people around the world.